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Coronary Disease

December 3, 2014
This study determined the relationship of pre-hospital use of epinephrine during resuscitation to survival in patients who experienced return of spontaneous circulation after out of hospital cardiac arrest. 73% received epinephrine, and 17% of those patients experienced a good outcome (discharged alive with good neurologic status). 
November 28, 2014
Shanker Vedantam interviews Jason Hockenberry, an economist at Emory University, regarding recent research into patient behavior following PCI or CABG.  CABG patients were more likely to quit smoking after intervention for CAD.  This may be a result of the magnitude of the intervention, and has implications for improving smoking cessation programs.
November 17, 2014
This trial randomized 900 pts with type 1 or 2 diabetes to screening with coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) or standard care and evaluated death and non-fatal coronary outcomes.  The major outcome was a composite of death, MI, and admission for management of unstable angina.  The secondary outcome was a composite of CAD-associated death
November 7, 2014
A multicenter, randomized, controlled trail including 900 patients divided patients into those undergoing on-pump versus off-pump CABG.  Identical heparinization and heparin reversal protocols were followed.  At angiography at 6 months following CABG, graft patency was inferior after off-pump as compared to on-pump  revascularization.
October 22, 2014
This video shows an approach to all-arterial grafting that has been developed over the past three decades, and illustrates techniques in four patients who underwent this procedure.
October 19, 2014
In this manuscript, the authors use meta-analysis techniques to evaluate the relationship between measured coronary fractional flow reserve (FFR) and patients’ outcomes.
October 11, 2014
In a cohort of 11,922 diabetic patients undergoing CABG, the authors compare single versus bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting (BITA), complete versus incomplete revascularization, and on versus off-pump CABG.  The authors conclude that BITA with complete revascularization maximizes long-term survival.
October 9, 2014
This prospective observational study compares patients with coronary artery bypass grafting on aspirin and ticagrelor (n = 173) or on aspirin and clopidogrel (n = 232). Major bleeding complications occurred in 14.5% with ticagrelor and 13.8% with clopidogrel (p=0.89). 
September 15, 2014
This descriptive study presents the peri-operative and 1-year results of on-pump and off-pump surgery performed in patients enrolled in the Arterial Revascularization Trial (ART). Out of the 3102 patients randomised in the ART trial to undergo either single or bilateral mammary artery grafting, 41% had their surgery performed off-pump.
June 29, 2014
A great use for google glasses is demonstrated here. The glasses can be used to film the operative field and communicate with others online in real time.  Thus real time expert opinions from around the world would potentially be possible with their use. They are used here for the first time.